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241/365:National More Herbs, Less Salt Day*

Well-seasoned cooks will appreciate the challenge presented by today’s food holiday. August 29 is National More Herbs, Less Salt Day!

It’s also National Chop Suey Day and National Lemon Juice Day. Wow, lots going on today! We decided Chop Suey is too fake (it’s Americanized Chinese food, kind of like the fortune cookie) and lemon juice is too easy, so we’re increasing the herbs and putting down the salt shaker today.

More Herbs, Less Salt Day promotes a healthier lifestyle by encouraging us to use fresh herbs in place of salt, which – as wonderfully as it adds zip to food – isn’t the healthiest ingredient in the world, especially for those with high blood pressure. Granted, there are some foods that absolutely need salt. Certain cuts of meat benefit from a nice dose of salt to bring out their flavors, for instance. And for me at least, I can’t imagine eating popcorn without it. I tend to enjoy savory, zesty flavors, and salt is definitely a mainstay, though I try to keep it in moderation.

“Try” being the key word.

Great on cottage cheese...

Great on cottage cheese…

Interestingly, this is one of the few food holidays that was created by a company – specifically, Wellcat Holidays and Herbs, founded by Thomas and Ruth Roy – and is actually copyrighted. A note on their website says we are supposed to obtain permission to use their holidays in any fashion. Maybe we should have stuck with chop suey! No, I did not contact them first. I figure, I’m doing them a favor by generating free publicity!

Most herbs belong to either the mint family (basil, oregano, rosemary, sage) or the carrot family (dill, parsley, cilantro). Late August is an excellent time to celebrate this holiday, as fresh herbs are at their very peak. They have been used for centuries for cooking, medicinal, and even spiritual purposes. They are distinguishable from vegetables because they are used in small amounts and provide flavor, rather than substance, to food. They are nutritionally insignificant but a great way to boost, or enhance, flavors. Hence, today’s holiday!

...and on scrambled eggs, too!

…and on scrambled eggs, too!

To celebrate, Tara and I took different approaches. Tara dished up some cottage cheese and liberally added Mrs. Dash, probably the most well-known herb-based salt substitute out there. I scrambled up some eggs and did the same. I have to say, the cottage cheese was really good. Probably because it’s naturally salty. The eggs? Well…they needed salt. But I resisted! And we’ll make an effort through the remainder of the day, as well.

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238/365: National Cherry Popsicle Day

We’re going to stick with the frozen dessert theme today. August 26 is National Cherry Popsicle Day!

I’m surprised by how many different Popsicle holidays we have celebrated this year. We’ve already honored grape, today is cherry, and coming up we’ve got blueberry. Plus, there were creamsicles, a brand of Popsicle. I think one holiday for this frozen treat would have been sufficient, but as I’ve said before, we didn’t make the rules – all we can do is follow them to the best of our ability. Of course, when there are different variations on the same food, the interesting stories behind the creation of those foods have already been told, as is the case here: I discussed the history of the Popsicle back in May, which leaves me scrambling for words to fill this blank page today.National Cherry Popsicle Day

I will say I researched the most popular Popsicle flavors, and found that cherry is #1. Additional flavors have included orange, grape, banana, root beer, and lemon lime. Then there are the “Jolly Rancher” flavors, the “tropical” flavors…

About the only flavor there isn’t is blueberry. Ironic, considering one week from today we’re celebrating that food holiday. How will we pull it off, if blueberry Popsicles don’t exist?! Stay tuned to find out, folks.

Fortunately, cherry Popsicles do exist. So we picked some up from the grocery store and celebrated by licking them ’til they were gone.

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